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In this latest adaptaion of the Noel Coward play, novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) is struggling with writer’s block. Hissecond wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focussed in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood. Charles’ desperate search for inspiration leads him to invite medium Madame Arcati (Judi Dench) to perform a séance in their home. However, Arcati accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife: the fiery and jealous Elvira (Leslie Mann), which leads to an increasingly comical and deadly love triangle. (96 mins)
This timeless landmark of British cinema is one of cinema’s greatest love stories. Sensitive direction from David Lean, perfect performances from Trevor Howard & Celia Johnson and an iconic Rachmaninov score, transform its simple tale from Noel Coward’s source story of two married strangers thrown together by chance and torn apart by obligation into a heartbreaking exploration of the power of love. Beautifully restored by the BFI National Archive, with support from the 'David Lean Foundation', this is incomparable screen entertainment. (85 mins)

THE Classic war-time romantic drama that improves with age like a good wine. During World War II former lovers Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilse (Ingrid Bergman) are reunited by chance in Casablanca, where he runs a nightclub and she, with her husband (Paul Henreid), is working for the French Resistance. Recriminations, rekindled desires and patriotic duty battle for primacy as Ilses husband tries to outwit the local Nazis and escape from Morocco, whilst Rick and Ilse re-kindle their love. The heady cocktail of romance, drama, humour & thrills are matched by an endlessly quotable script & pitch perfect performances from a peerless cast. Now restored in a beautiful high definition print. (99 mins) 
Reggie Lambert (Audrey Hepburn) returns home to Paris after a skiing trip to discover that her husband has died. At the funeral she finds out from CIA agent Bartholomew (Walter Matthau) that her husband was involved in the theft of a quarter of a million dollars during World War Two. The charming Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) offers his help but as the number of dead bodies increases Reggie starts to doubt his intentions. This classic 1963 comedy thriller is a stunning Hitchcockian combination of thrills, romance, humour, sophistication & Hollywood glamour with expert performances from a peerless cast. (109 mins)

Based on real events, this is the story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK's MI-6 and a CIA operative, he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with ​Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Intriguing, gripping, heartfelt and thoroughly absorbing, this is much more than a history lesson. (112 mins)
The cinematic return of the Crawley family and their staff as they welcome a movie crew and their glamorous stars to Downton for the filming of a new silent movie, while other members of the family go on a grand adventure to a villa in the south of France to uncover a mystery about the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) and her past. The screenplay by Julian Fellowes includes exuberant moments, excitement and humour, tears of joy and sadness and new beginnings for all the characters. With Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Imelda Staunton, Brendan Coyle & Joanne Froggatt. (125 mins) 


In a Welsh mining village, bartender Jan (Toni Collette) recruits her reluctant husband and local accountant to help her bring together a syndicate of villagers to breed a foal, which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million-pound race horses he comes up against – a true working-class champion who begins to alter the lives of everyone in the syndicate. Based on a true story, this is a classic, feelgood story of triumph against adversity. With Damian Lewis, Owen Teale, Katherine Jenkins, Lynda Baron, Sian Phillips & Derek Jacobi. (113 mins)

In 1961, taxi driver Kempton Bunton stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London - the only theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying it would be returned on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge - Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage. A wonderfully uplifting, improbable but true story, with impeccable performances from Jim Broadbent & Helen Mirren. (95 mins)


Evergreen 1948 musical treat with Fred Astaire as the song and dance man forced to find a new dance partner when hoofer (Ann Miller) decides to leave the act. Judy Garland is the replacement who more than fits the bill. All time great Irving Berlin score, with terrific dance numbers supports a memorable musical entertainment. (103 mins)

EDIE (12)
Edie (Sheila Hancock) has spent 40 years trapped in a colourless life in England, tending to her controlling husband after his stroke. When he passes away and her daughter tries to send her to a care home, she packs an old camping bag, leaves her life behind and embarks on an adventure she never got to have - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland. Joined by reluctant guide Johnny, Edie travels to the beautiful village of Lochinver in the Scottish Highlands & the two gradually form an unlikely friendship. This is an unforgettable, immersive visual journey of self-discovery through the unspoiled wilderness of the Scottish highlands, beautifully scored, written & photographed, with Hancock performing all her own stunts. (102 mins)

A cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. He struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. Drawn deeper into the traditional way of life, he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity. Based on a true story & shot on location in Cornwall, this is a crowd- pleasing comedy drama with heart and great music. With James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton & David Hayman. (112 mins)


This hugely popular & much loved 1953 classic British comedy centres on two couples taking part in the London to Brighton vintage car rally. Professional and personal complications arise with hilarious complications. Starring Kenneth MoreKay KendallDina Sheridan & John Gregson. (84 mins) 


Superb 1953 biography of the famous American band leader from his humble beginnings to his death in 1944. The Terrific music of Miller and great performances from James Stewart, June Allyson and an excellent supporting cast make this one of the most popular musical biopics of all time.(115 mins)

Fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age have contrived to force law abiding, retired couple, Arthur and Martha Goode into a life of crime. Refusing to take the loss of their pensions lying down and to fade away into their declining years, they decide to fight back and take back what was theirs in the first place by robbing banks. In the vein of 'Lady In the Van' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', this is a funny, warm hearted British heist thriller that shows just because you're getting old doesn't mean you have to stop having fun. The vintage cast includes Virginia McKenna, Simon Callow, Bernard Hill, Alun Armstrong, Sue Johnston and Una Stubbs. (96 mins)
Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets recently widowed Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online who is worth millions. He means to take it all but, as Betty opens her life and home to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. Mirren and McKellen are on top form as they star together on screen for the first time in this fascinating, suspenseful and very enjoyable drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live. A first rate supporting cast includes Russell ToveyLily Dodsworth-Evans and Jim Carter. (109 mins)

This spectacular and original musical celebrates the birth of show business, telling the story of visionary impresario, P.T. Barnum who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Step right up and into the spellbinding imagination of a man who set out to reveal that life itself can be the most thrilling show of all. Hugh Jackman, who devoted years to bring the film to the screen, is dazzling in the central role while Michael Gracey’s expert direction showcases original songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ('La La Land'). Fasten your seatbelts for the ultimate crowd pleaser. With Michelle Williams, Zac Efron & Rebecca Ferguson. (105 mins)
Set in America in 1962, this is the heart-warming true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a racist, working-class Italian-American bouncer who reluctantly takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class Black pianist. The mismatched pair embark on a two-month tour of concert venues in the racially charged deep south & discover they’re on the road to a meaningful and unique friendship. This supremely likeable & humerous drama boasts two stunning lead performances & is a poignant study of friendship, dignity & compassion that deservedly won the Oscar for best film. (130 mins

Emily (Diane Keaton), an American widow, lives in a converted mansion beside Hampstead Heath in London. Living in a hut on the Heath itself is Donald (Brendan Gleeson), a scruffy hermit who just wants to be left alone. The local council want him gone so that the land can be developed and send threatening letters which he tears up. However, Emily is drawn to his predicament and together they take on the land developers & when the two fall for each other, their on-off romance has to face the prejudices of everyone around them. This is a charming & funny life-affirming true story about how love surfaces in the most unexpected places. With James Norton, Jason Watkins, Lesley Manville & Simon Callow. (102 mins)


Blockbuster 1969 musical with Barbara Streisand, Walter Mathau, Michael Crawford and Louis Armstrong telling the story of Dolly Levi, an intrepid match maker at the turn of the Century, who can fix everybodys romance except her own. Brilliant dance numbers and wonderful songs. (139 mins)
When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge and ultimately murder. Inspired by the sensational true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire, director Ridley Scott has fashioned a fascinating story of power & corruption, with Gaga outstanding in the central role, ably supported by an outstanding cast that includes Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino & Jeremy Irons. (157 mins)

JUDY (12)
Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. She also embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. However, she is exhausted & fragile; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood & wanting to be back home with her kids. With a phenomenal performance from Renee Zellweger as Garland & featuring a host of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of this legendary entertainer. (118 mins)

The incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. Struggling for acceptance by those who dismiss him as the enemy, Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor) carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test. This is a charming, heartfelt and thoroughly enthralling account of a remarkable man. (120 mins)

This sparkling tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie is a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When a renowned crime novelist Harlan (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast, including Chris EvansJamie Lee CurtisDon JohnsonMichael Shannon & Toni Collette, this is a witty and stylish whodunnit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing. (130 mins)


John O'Groats, Scotland: An elderly man, Tom (Timothy Spall), whose wife Mary (Phyllis Logan) has just passed away uses only local buses on a nostalgic trip to carry her ashes all the way across the UK to Land's End, where they originally met, using his free bus pass. Unbeknownst to Tom, his journey begins to capture the imagination of the local people that he comes across and helps and he unwittingly becomes a nationwide social media story. Spall gives a beautifully nuanced and sympathetic performance in a heart warming and ultimately life affirming tale that showcases the community spirit and diversity of modern Britain. (86 mins) 
In 1960’s France, Jennifer (Shailene Woodley) lives a luxurious life with her wealthy husband. Losing her memory after an accident, she stumbles upon love letters that reveal a love affair with a British correspondent. Jennifer's story becomes intertwined with that of Ellie (Felicity Jones), a London journalist who discovers and becomes enthralled by these love letters from a bygone era. As she begins to piece them together, she sets off on a journey that will entangle the two women's lives forever. An absorbing romantic drama, adapted from JoJo Moyes best selling novel. (105 mins)

After her husband's death, a widow (Judi Dench) re-kindles her musical roots. She seeks out the female band she played with during World War II. The one non-female in the troop was a cross-dressing drummer (Ian Holm) with whom she still is friends. Slowly the band grows, but their sound is lacking until the original singer (Cleo Laine) is added to the mix. Terrific feel good British musical drama with June Whitfield, Joan Sims, Olympia Dukakis, Leslie Caron. (85 mins)


Determined to fulfil her late mother’s dream of opening a bakery in charming Notting Hill, Clarissa enlists the help of her mother's best friend and her eccentric estranged grandmother. Three generations of women will need to overcome grief, doubts and differences to honour the memory of their beloved Sarah while embarking on a journey to establish a London bakery filled with love, hope and colourful pastries from all over the world. This charming tale is the perfect antidote to all the current doom and gloom. Starring Celia Imrie, Candice Brown, Rupert Penry-Jones & Bill Paterson. (98 mins)


In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from University -- leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. On her journeys, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam. In the present day, Donna's pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother's old friends and boyfriends. This phenomenally successful follow up to the hit 2008 musical is heaven sent for musical & 'Abba' fans. An exuberant sense of fun makes it irresistible. Starring Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Andy Garcia, Colin Firth & Cher. (114 mins)
In Depression-era London, a now-grown up Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she takes the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure and helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. This sequel to the beloved Disney original is a triumph in all departments - beautifully crafted with terrific live-action/animation and a memorable music score. Emily Blunt is perfect as Mary and the stellar cast includes Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke & Meryl Streep. (130 mins)


Highly entertaining 1945 drama with Joan Crawford in the oscar winning title role of a divorcee who slaves her way up to own a chain of successful restaurants & support her new playboy husband (Zachary Scott) & her vicious, snobbish daughter (Ann Blyth). Events ultimately lead to murder in this compelling, first rate production with outstanding performances from a cast that includes Eve Arden, Jack Carson & Bruce Bennett. (111 mins)
Inspired by real events, Peter Cattaneo ('The Full Monty'), directs the heartfelt story of friendship, love, and support on the home front. When Kate (Kristin Scott Thomas) persuades a disparate group of women, whose partners are serving in Afghanistan, on the base to form the Military Wives Choir, Lisa (Sharon Horgan) is initially sceptical by such an amateur bunch. However, she is quickly transformed by the choir's friendship, humour and courage. Finding their voice together, the choir put aside their own personal differences and, by singing their hearts out, become a global media sensation as they bring joy, hope and strength to the world. (113 mins)


In 1970, the phenomenally popular Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend Bob Hope but the newly formed Women's Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast. When the show resumed, the result caused uproar as the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. This feelgood British film tell this thoroughly crowd-pleasing & iconic story. Starring Keira Knightley, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Greg Kinnear, Rhys Ifans & Lesley Manville. (106 mins)
This is the beautiful, delicate and amusing story of the brittle relationship between L. S. Lowry - one of the greatest artists of the 20th century - and his bedridden, unhappy and controlling mother. Engrossing and entertaining, the film is a veritable masterclass in acting - Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall spellbinding as a mother and son separated by art and ambition. Adrian Noble's wonderfully observed film gently reveals how Lowry's snobbish mother prevents him from fulfilling his artistic ambition, as he desperately tries to create something that might make her happy. This lovely film is punctuated with humour, as it depicts the impact a bitterly obsessive mother had on one of this country's greatest artists. (91 mins)

Daniel Craig returns one last time as James Bond, starring alongside Oscar winner Rami Malek ('Bohemian Rhapsody'). Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected. This fast paced, tightly scripted, dramatically affecting and highly entertaining adventure is a fitting finale to the Craig era. With Lea Seydoux, Naome Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz & Ralph Fiennes. (143 mins)
Starring James Corden, this is the inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day, and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant phenomenon after winning Britain's Got Talent. Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went onto win the prestigious competition, a recording contract, and the hearts of millions. From his humble beginnings in Wales to glamorous Venice, this is both funny and heart warming. Also starring Julie Walters. (103 mins)​
The remarkable true story of Maurice Flitcroft, a crane operator and optimistic dreamer from Barrow-in-Furness who, with the support of his family and friends, managed to gain entry to the 1976 British Open qualifying, despite never playing a round of golf before. With pluckiness and unwavering self-belief, he pulls off a series of stunning, hilarious and heartwarming attempts to compete at the highest level, drawing the ire of the golfing elite but becoming a British folk hero in the process. This upbeat comedy-drama stars Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins & Rhys Ifans. (106 mins)

John Wayne stars in this classic 1952 romantic drama directed by John Ford. Irish-American boxer Sean Thornton returns to Ireland to reclaim his family's farm in Inisfree. But when love intervenes he is forced to fight again to win the heart and hand of local girl Mary (Maureen O'Hara). A poetic & deeply felt sentiment for Ireland’s past, it’s traditions and sense of community. This evergreen classic has now been restored in HD to highlight it’s astonishing Oscar winning Technicolour cinematography. A film guaranteed to please any audience.(126 mins)

The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is living in contented retirement. Her tranquil existence is shattered as she's arrested by MI5, for Joan has been hiding an incredible past as one of the most influential spies in living history. The young Joan (Sophie Cookson), a demure Cambridge physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur & begins to see that the world is on the brink of destruction. While working at a secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the ultimate dilemma. Based on the best-selling novel & Inspired by an extraordinary true story, this is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman's sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances. (110 mins)
Summer 1939. Influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English seaside town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm but the authorities believe he is the problem. This solid period thriller is inspired by the recent revelation of an actual Nazi finishing school in England. Starring Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, James D’Arcy and Jim Broadbent.(96 mins)

Rodgers & Hammersteins Oscar winning 1958 evergreen musical masterpiece with Mitzi Gaynor & Rossano Brazzi finding love on a US army base in the South Pacific during WW 2. Timeless songs and stunning photography in this beautifully restored HD print. (150 mins)
The marriage of Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart) and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen's Sandringham Estate. There's eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be profoundly different. This is a bold imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days, with Stewart giving a note perfect performance in this haunting & unconventional drama. With Sally Hawkins & Timothy Spall.  (117 mins)

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as Laurel & Hardy in the untold story of the world’s greatest comedy act. The critically acclaimed film wonderfully portrays the unique and precious partnership of the legendary duo as they set out on a tour of Britain in the twilight of their career. Whilst they face an uncertain future the charm and beauty of their performances shine through, making each other and their audiences laugh, re-connecting them with legions of adoring fans, old and new. With stunning performances from Coogan and Reilly, this warm-hearted and genuinely moving and humerous drama is a pure delight. (98 mins)


The final compliation in this unforgettable 1994 tribute to the M.G.M film musical is a fascinating time capsule to a golden age. A host of stars, including Esther Williams, June Allyson, Howard Keel, Gene Kelly unveil not only classic musical moments you know and love but rare never before seen footage from films that were cut out at the last moment. Enjoy the Golden era of the screen musical (113 mins)


The story of the tribulations behind best-selling children's novelist Roald Dahl's (Hugh Bonneville) marriage to Academy Award winning actress Patricia Neal (Keeley Hawes). The somewhat unlikely pair - an in-demand Hollywood actress and a burgeoning children's author find their relationship put to the test and ultimately strengthened by tragic events. Set between New York, England and Los Angeles in the early 60s, it tells the tale of Dahl's struggles while writing some of his most famous works and Neal's return to acting. With Rebecca Feguson and Geoffrey Palmer. (110 mins)


Love at first sight strikes when young Tony (Ansel Elgort) spots Maria (Rachel Zegler) at a high school dance in 1957 New York City. Their burgeoning romance helps to fuel the fire between the warring Jets and Sharks -- two rival gangs vying for control of the streets. From producer and director Steven Spielberg, this latest adaptation of the classic musical dazzles the senses. The acting, singing and spectacular dance routines are flawless, with Spielberg ably updating the original, without losing it’s heart. With Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez & Rita Moreno. (155 mins) 

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